The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program was founded in 1990, in memory of former Department of Natural Resources Secretary C.D. “Buzz” Besadny. The program provides matching grants up to $1,000 to conservation organizations in support of projects that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. To-date, the program has awarded $475,890 to 593 conservation projects across Wisconsin.
Grants up to $1,000 are awarded annually for projects that help conserve Wisconsin’s lands, waters and wildlife, or that contribute to knowledge about Wisconsin’s natural heritage through education and outreach. The next grant cycle will be announced in the spring.
Recent projects include:
- Aldo Leopold Foundation – Aldo Leopold Writing Contest
- Carpenter St. Croix Nature Center – Remnant Oak Savannah Restoration
- City of Superior – International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
- Madison Audubon Society – Connecting Students to Neighborhood Nature
- North Lakeland Discovery Center – Bat Walk and Live Educational Bat Program
- Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited – Stream Restoration at Kittleson Creek
- UW-Milwaukee – Insect Hotels for Wisconsin State Parks